The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has a toll-free Wildlife Damage Hotline in cooperation with the Department of Agriculture. Hotline staff provide residents with information on how to make their household environment less appealing to wildlife intruders. DNR also licenses wildlife removal specialists, rescue rehabilitators and all trapping activities in the state. A DNR permit is required by law to trap nuisance wildlife. For further information call 1-877-463-6497.
Landowner Wildlife Trapping Permit
It is generally illegal to trap raccoons, foxes, squirrels, opossums, skunks, deer, rabbits, snakes and most birds, unless the landowner has obtained a valid permit from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
To obtain a landowner wildlife trapping permit call the USDA at 1-877-463-6497.
- Maryland Department of Natural Resources – State agency that provides information, referrals, and services for wildlife nuisances, conservation, rescue and rehabilitation.
- Maryland Wildlife Rehabilitators Referral Directory – A licensed wildlife rescue and rehabilitation center serving Baltimore County and other counties across the state.
- Chesapeake Wildlife Sanctuary – Find advice on creating and protecting wildlife habitats.
Take a virtual tour of the new Baltimore County Animal Services facility.